i’m relative new to Linux and was switching distros and desktops in the past weeks.
As i started i tried standard Ubuntu and i soon found other desktops less RAM hungry.
My RAM experience after fresh boot:
Ubuntu Standard: ~1,3GB
Ubuntu Mate: ~1,0GB
Ubuntu Budgie:~ 0,9GB
After reading the forum here i decided to switch to Manjaro XFCE to get a more lean desktop.
The ISO live environment showed 1,2GB after boot, thought it was due to additional components for the live environment.
After Manjaro XFCE install and first boot RAM usage was exactly 1,1GB
3 enabled monitors,no opened windows.
Now running 2 active monitors this is my RAM consumption after boot:
Htop shows 0,9GB RAM usage. After opening only a browser the RAM consumption goes towards 2,0GB.
This is way more than Htop shows on Manjaro Budgie (a Gnome based DE).
Ok, unused RAM is wasted RAM, but this is not the point here.
- Why is XFCE RAM usage normally low (see Xubuntu), but not on my system?
- Is something eating up RAM without any benefit?
- Is this always the case with all new versions of Manjaro XFCE?
- If yes, isn’t a newer version of XFCE a recommendation anymore for older systems (~2GB RAM total)?